The Colts rookie class got a chance to turn back the clocks to their elementary days on Wednesday afternoon as they took part in the Second Annual Colts Rookie Community Blitz.
The destination was the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center as 200 local kids from John H. Boner Community Center and East 10th United Methodist spent two hours with the Colts rookies. taking part in a variety of different activities.
After the rookie class was introduced to loud cheers from the children clad in COLTSTRONG t-shirts, the group was divided into four smaller ones and sent to different stations.
“It’s awesome to be out here giving back to the community,” rookie offensive guard Hugh Thornton said. “We are out here at the Legacy Center. Kids range from five, six, seven to some middle school kids. I had the opportunity to read to some kids and just kind of be a kid again myself.”
Wednesday’s event was one of several trips the Colts rookies have made around Indianapolis this offseason in an effort to get acclimated to a new home.
“The Colts stand for giving back to the community, serving and being leaders within the community,” Thornton said. “It’s an awesome experience for myself and the other rookies to get out here and impact the community.”
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Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, June 20th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star
It’s Mr. Irrelevant week for Justice Cunningham and as the final pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the tight end will head to southern California for three days of experience.
Cunningham can draw off of experience from last year’s Mr. Irrelevant, Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish.
“They make fun of you to a certain extent,” said Harnish, the Colts’ second-year quarterback and the 2012 Mr. Irrelevant out of Northern Illinois, “because no one really thinks you’re going to make the team.”
Once this week is over, it will be preparation time for Cunningham as heads to his first NFL training camp.
“Right now, I’m a man trying to earn a job,” he said. “The sooner I can get rid of that title, the better.”
By: Ken Sothman, Fox59.com
The Colts rookies headed out into the community on Wednesday taking part in a Play 60 event with over 200 kids.
Activities included reading, dancing, fitness and arts and crafts.
For Bjoern Werner, he had to explain his accent to the young children during the reading session.
“They were asking me where I come from because I can’t speak proper English,” said Werner with a laugh. “It was funny. They thought England, and I told them I was from Germany. They were like ‘Germany?’, so I had to do a little teaching.
The trip to the community is apart of several events that the rookies have taken part in this offseason.
“We have just been in meetings, working out, practices, and training,” said defensive lineman and rookie Montori Hughes. “So getting away from football and being able to give back is always fun and good.”
By: Paul Kuharsky. ESPN AFC South Blog
Always looking forward to the future, ESPN broke out 2016 future rankings for NFL teams.
The teams were ranked on six different scales with various ESPN talents weighing in on team’s prospects in each category.
Here is a snippet of what the analysts had to say about the Colts future:
Indy scored a 7.0 in coaching. Said Herman Edwards: “What more needs to be said about Pagano? He was an inspiring story last year and did so much more than help lead a football team. The key for him this year will be building off that. After such an emotionally draining season, can he keep his team’s energy up? Chuck is a great motivator, so it won’t surprise me if the young Colts keep improving. It doesn’t hurt that Luck is running the offense either.”
Andrew Luck got the Colts an 8.8 at quarterback, the second-best score to Green Bay: Says Mike Sando: “The Colts have only six players age 30 or older on their roster, but (Reggie) Wayne is one of them. Quarterbacks make receivers however, and Luck is going to be just fine. His efficiency should climb now that the Colts have reunited him with his college coordinator, Pep Hamilton.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bjoern Werner, Chandler Harnish, chuck pagano, justice cunningham, Montori Hughes
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